Drive Stun Braves with Late Comeback on Saturday

Suarez notches four hits atop the Greenville lineup

(Richard Shiro)

By Cameron White / Greenville Drive | August 4, 2018 11:36 PM

Greenville, SC - The Greenville Drive offense completed a comeback for the ages on Saturday night at Fluor Field, scoring 10 runs over the final two innings to stun the Rome Braves 14-8.

Trailing 8-4 entering the seventh, the Drive (23-20, 48-64) began to make their move with three runs. Isaias Lucena belted a two-run homer following a single by Pedro Castellanos, and Jarren Duran added an RBI single in the frame to trim the Braves (19-22, 59-51) lead to 8-7.

The eighth inning saw the Drive send 12 men to the plate and score seven runs to take the lead. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Kervin Suarez hit a game-tying infield single off Cutter Dyals (4-3), and a throwing error on the play by Rome brought in Castellanos with the go-ahead run.

Duran followed with another RBI single, and after an intentional walk to Ryan Fitzgerald, Dyals threw away a ground ball back to the mound for an error that plated two more runs. Tanner Nishioka drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning, and Castellanos followed with a sacrifice fly to right for the final run.

Angel Padron (3-5) threw three and one-third scoreless relief innings to finish Saturday's game and earn the win.

The game was tight through the first five innings, as the teams went back and forth. Justin Dean led off the top of the first with a single, and he came in on a single by Greyson Jenista. The Drive answered in the bottom half when Duran reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a single by Marino Campana.

Three consecutive singles in the bottom of the second, including a run-scoring hit by Everlouis Lozada, put the Drive ahead 2-1.

Rome scored once in the fourth on a solo homer by Drew Lugbauer to tie the game, and a two-run double by Jenista gave them a 4-2 lead. Undaunted, the Drive returned the favor with two runs in the bottom half on RBI singles by Suarez and Fitzgerald.

The Braves then scored four runs in the sixth to knock Hildemaro Requena out of the game. Brendan Venter lined a two-run double in the inning, while Jenista and Marcos Almonte added RBI hits.

Suarez led the Greenville offense with four hits atop the lineup. Castellanos chipped in with three hits, while Duran, Fitzgerald, Lozada and Lucena all notched two apiece.

The series finale between the two teams is at 4:05 PM on Sunday at Fluor Field. Left-hander Enmanuel De Jesus (5-3, 3.40) takes the ball for the Drive against Braves right-hander Odalvi Javier (3-8, 4.20).

~Greenville Drive~

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